Have you ever wished your smile looked different? Many people are finding that porcelain veneers are the solution they have been looking for to improve their smile. Veneers allow you to cover up imperfections and finally have the smile you have always desired. 

The procedure to receive veneers is relatively simple and can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile! If you don’t love your smile, veneers may be the solution for you. 

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. 

Though veneers are available using porcelain or resin, porcelain is the preferred option because it is a better material for resisting stains. Proper oral hygiene is still necessary, but porcelain veneers are less likely to become discolored.

It’s also important to note that veneers are not the same as implants. Your natural tooth acts as a base, and the veneer is attached to it. The veneer is very thin, so it does not bulge out. 

Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, used to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Improving the aesthetics of your smile can also improve your overall oral health. Veneers can correct a variety of dental problems, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned bite

Am I a candidate for veneers?

The first step in getting veneers is consulting with a dentist, who will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Some factors to take into consideration are: 

The condition of your teeth: If your teeth are in good overall health, you may be a good candidate for veneers. However, if you have gum disease or other dental problems, you may not be a good candidate.

The size and shape of your teeth: Veneers can change the size and shape of your teeth. If you have small or misshapen teeth, veneers may be a good option for you.

The color of your teeth: If you have stained or discolored teeth, veneers can help improve their appearance.

Your bite: If you have a misaligned bite, veneers can help correct it.

Some factors that may exclude you from being a good candidate for veneers are:

Poor oral health:  Oral infections and tooth decay can prevent people from getting veneers. Those who cannot get veneers might be good candidates for another cosmetic option.

Teeth grinding and clenching: Though durable, it is possible for veneers to crack or chip. If you are a heavy teeth grinder or if you have damaged your teeth from clenching your jaw, you may need to address these issues before you can receive veneers. 

What does the procedure include?

Porcelain veneers involve a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using a dental bonding tool. As mentioned above, this is the less popular option because porcelain veneers are often recommended instead of resin. 

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very aesthetic. The whole process usually takes about two hours.

After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This is normal and should go away within a few days. You should also avoid eating hard or sticky foods for at least 24 hours.

Are veneers permanent?

No, veneers are not technically permanent, though you would need a dentist to remove or replace them if necessary. Veneers are long-lasting and can remain in good condition for 10 – 20 years before they need to be updated. With proper care, they can last even longer.

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because they can give you the smile you have always wanted. If you are considering veneers, call our office to schedule a consultation and see if they are a good fit for you!